This is my first time posting anywhere... Hope someone is listening! Sorry so long.
My DS is 7 months old. I had one AF at 3 months, then nothing, then again at 6 months and now again at 7 months. Each time I felt my milk was very very low, and I am normally slightly paranoid about my supply to begin with. I have never had much luck with the pump, I am a stay at home mom and I could never seem to find time to pump given he loves to nurse.
At 4 months or so I started pumping his bedtime meal and adding cereal to help sleeping thru the night. I could never justify letting him CIO b/c I always feared he was hungry. The amount I was pumping (2-3 oz) became insufficient, and I could not keep up with his appetite. So I started supplementing with ABM at bedtime.
When AF came, I started giving him ABM to make up for the low supply I experienced for almost 2 weeks. Milk came back after the 6 month AF. This past AF the same thing happened and I supplemented, but this time was much worse. AF (7 month) has been gone for 2 weeks and I have next to nothing it feels like. Enough for my 6 am wake up feeding and a little snack here and there thru the day! I have been taking calcium magnesium, fenugreek, and eating oatmeal. I tried to pump today for the first time in a while, and I got less than 1oz after 15 min. (both sides)
DD loves to nurse but has also grown to love his bottle. Now I feel like I have ruined my supply and don't know what to do or if it is possible to bring it back!! I wanted to EBF until a year at least, but I am on the verge of giving up. This whole situation makes me very very sad. I feel like I am supplementing with BM rather than ABM.
Has anyone experienced this? Any thoughts on if it is possible to bring back the supply? Should I continue to try and BF even if it is only a meal and a snack or just throw in the towel?